Montana Institute on Ecosystems Lecturer Series, Bozeman MT


Acclaimed researcher to discuss carbon and climate on April 14 in Bozeman

Professor, researcher and author William Schlesinger will give a free, public lecture at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Hager Auditorium.

Schlesinger will discuss population growth, economic growth and the implications for natural habitats, biodiversity and the planet.

The talk, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” is part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems' Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk, starting at 6 p.m. 

Schlesinger is the president emeritus of the Cary Institute on Ecosystem Studies, former dean of the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University, a Duke professor of biogeochemistry and the author of more than 200 scientific papers.

Schlesinger’s work has taken him to diverse habitats, ranging from Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California to Antarctica. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times and Scientific American. He has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Environmental Law Center and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC.

Schlesinger will also speak in Missoula on April 12.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional scientific community with hubs at MSU and the University of Montana dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. To learn more about the MIoE, visit 

Contact: Anna Tuttle, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-2559 or

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